A Specialist is another resource for the applicant. Specialists may have specific expertise such as an infrastructure specialty or a Special Considerations specialty or may have an expert knowledge of Public Assistance Program eligibility. Specialists with an expertise in a specialty area will assist POs with large project development and PACs with project review. Specialists with an expertise on Public Assistance Program eligibility will assist applicants with small project development, if needed, and will conduct small project validations.
As with the PO, it is the PAC's responsibility to identify when Specialists are needed and to update the Specialist on pertinent applicant requirements before assigning the Specialist to the field.